MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The postponement of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) race from Langley (Va.) Speedway has forced Rette jones Racing to make an adjustment to its driver lineup for the rescheduled Visit Hampton Virginia 150 on Mon., Sept. 5.
Tyler Dippel, who was originally slated to pull double-duty for Rette Jones Racing at Langley and compete in Monday afternoon’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds will forgo the K&N East race from Langley and honor his ARCA commitments for AM Racing and their development partner Win-Tron Racing in a collaborative effort with Rette Jones Racing.
Dippel will make his third ARCA Racing Series start of the year in the General Tire Grabber 100 aboard the No. 33 TYCAR Trenchless Technologies / D and A Concrete Contractor Toyota.
Canadian Dominique Van Wieringen who competed full-time in K&N East for RJR will substitute for Dippel at Langley, making her first NASCAR Home Tracks start of the season and first race since Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway last November in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Team owner Mark Rette spoke about the team’s changes to their driver lineup.
“It took us a couple of days to really decide what we wanted to do,” said Rette who co-owns Rette Jones Racing with business partner Terry Jones. “With our focus on moving our K&N East program to a full-time ARCA program with Tyler (Dippel) next year, we felt it was important for him to get more experience in an ARCA car and prepare for 2018.
“Tyler was very comfortable in the ARCA car at Springfield and we had a car capable of winning the race. We feel that he has the same opportunity on Monday and we’re excited about our chances at DuQuoin.
“On the flip side, Dominique is an excellent choice to fill-in for Tyler at Langley. She is a talented race car driver, especially on the short tracks and she’ll have a chance to contend for a good finish for not only Rette Jones Racing, but for Durobyte, TYCAR, D&A Concrete and all of our marketing partners.”
Van Wieringen will make her 14th career K&N start on Monday evening and is eyeing her fourth consecutive top-five finish dating back to Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway last September.
“I’m super grateful for the opportunity to race again with Rette Jones Racing,” said Van Wieringen. “Langley looks identical to Columbus, so I’m ready to tackle it. I’m also excited to run the original Durobyte look that I ran in late models.
“Even though I haven’t been in a K&N car all year, I think we can pick up where we left off and give Mark and the team some great momentum for New Jersey.”
Despite occupying ninth in the K&N East championship standings, Dippel feels that his team is making the right move by competing in the ARCA race.
“First, I’m really bummed that I can’t compete in both races this weekend, but that’s how it goes sometimes,” said Dippel. “ARCA is the direction we are planning to go for 2018, so it makes sense for us to keep building my ARCA resume.
“Plus, DuQuoin is a dirt track and I love me some dirt racing.
“Hopefully, we can build on our finish at Springfield and Dominique can have a good day with the K&N car. I wish her the best of luck.”
The Visit Hampton Virginia 150 (150 laps / 59.4 miles) is the 12thof 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Sat., Sept. 2 from 3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m., with final practice set from 4:10 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 7:00 p.m. The race will take the green flag just after 9:00 p.m. that night. The event will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network with an air date on Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The General Tire Grabber 100 (100 laps / 100 miles) is the 16th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Monday, Sept. 4 with a one-hour practice session planned from 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 12:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 3:00 p.m. The event will be tape-delayed on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (CT).
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